Definition: devoted unreservedly <to an idea or a project>; engaged; pledged; bound
Synonyms: entrusted, confided, consigned, relegated
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come their way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
— William Hutchison Murray (1913-1996) Scottish Mountaineer and Writer
— Margaret Mead (1901-1978) American Cultural Anthropologist
Comment: You cannot make a commitment for someone else even if you know, without a doubt, they are ready to take the first step. You might be able to provide inspiration, encouragement, or information. You can offer some help or preparation, but it is ultimately that person’s choice.
Mythological Figure: Juno, the supreme goddess of Roman mythology, wife of Jupiter, and goddess of marriage
Symbol: ranunculous flowers